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Titans 35, Bills 34

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ORCHARD PARK - Matt Hasselbeck threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington with 1:03 remaining to give the Tennessee Titans a 35-34 victory against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Titans, who were led by Chris Johnson's 195-yard rushing performance, improved their record to 3-4 and won their first road game of the season.

The Bills dropped to 3-4 heading into the bye week.

Beleaguered Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27-of-35 for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He also fumbled once and was intercepted once.

The Titans took a 7-0 lead on a 16-yard touchdown run by Chris Johnson on the game's opening drive. Matt Hasselbeck completed all five of his passes for 52 yards during the drive.

The Bills answered with a 13-play, 83-yard scoring drive, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Fred Jackson on a center screen with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Johnson responded on the Titans next play from scrimmage, bursting through a wide hole on the left side for an 83-yard touchdown run to put Tennessee up, 14-7.

The scoring fest continued on the ensuing kickoff as Brad Smith tied the game with an 89-yard kickoff return.

The Titans went up 21-14 on Jamie Harper's 1-yard run with 10:18 left in the second quarter.

Buffalo cut the lead to one on Rian Lindell field goals from 31 and 42 yards late in the half.

Fitzpatrick fumbled on the first play from scrimmage in the second half after being sacked by Kamerion Wimbley. Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan recovered at the Bills 32. Eight plays later, Harper scored again from the one to put Tennessee up, 28-20.

The Bills reduced the deficit to one point on a 15-yard scoring strike from Fitzpatrick to Donald Jones midway through the third quarter.

Buffalo took a 34-28 lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson with five seconds remaining in the third quarter.

NOTES: After not scoring a touchdown for 11 games, Johnson scored on the Titans' first two possessions. The fifth-year running back from East Carolina joined Earl Campbell and Eddie George as the only backs in franchise history with 30 career rushing touchdowns. ... Bill Polian, the general manager who built the Bills Super Bowl team of the early 1990s, was inducted onto the Ralph Wilson Stadium Wall of Fame during halftime ceremonies. ... Tennessee was 0-3 in road games and had been outscored 106-31 away from home. ... The first punt of the game didn't occur until the Titans Brett Kern kicked with 1:56 left in the first half . . . Fitzpatrick became the fourth quarterback in Bills history to throw at least 70 career touchdown passes.
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